Appeal to write memoirs
05.11.2012 00:00As many years ago the famous French writer Marguerite Yourcenar who became famous with a novel "Memoirs of Hadrian" wrote - about the ancient Roman emperor, "in the past there is always more life than in the present." Anyway, in the past there is more certainty, and since human memory stores impressions selectively, preferring good moments, the past often seems more rich and romantic than tedious present time, requiring to go to work every day.
Sukhum’s older generation, especially scattered throughout the world, have a feeling of a nostalgia for young years - when the air was brilliantly clear, the morning sun peeped through the window just to see you, walk along the waterfront promising adventures, cinematic tempting, but the sea breeze was unfolding the panorama of your life, as incredibly rich eternity. The stage floor of this young luxury was Sukhum, where the streets run down to the bay, palm trees and cypresses suggest oriental bliss and the smell of coffee even at the height of two hundred feet above the level of cafes.
And the Sukhum dwellers started writing memoirs, first time a few years ago in Greece a book about of Konstantinidi about the 50's and 60's was published, recently appeared the "Sukhum’s stereoscope" of a Muscovite Vladimir Delba about the same period. Both authors have preserved for posterity and future historians and researchers the specific details of the Sukhum.s life, stories of local eccentrics’ life and the flavor of those years. This is a very right thing!
The series "Everyday life ..." became an enormous success all over the world which describes the reality of a daily life of mankind in the most different periods - from "everyday life of the army of Alexander the Great" to the daily life of the British Parliament or the Russian railways. Historians study a period on documents, archival materials, books, newspaper articles, opinion polls, letters and, of course, the memoirs. When reading if you immerse yourself in living history, get a panoramic view of a society life and the individual.
So, dear fellow citizens, right away, write memoirs, to provide future historians with the material - it maybe probable that in your text a historian discovers fragrant detail or anecdote which better than any numbers will give our descendants a subtle beauty of our past.